Welp, I survived the rest of American Made. It was a pretty incredible event when you think about what went into making it happen. There were also some insanely talented people from all over the country in attendance. The whole thing was pretty dang inspiring.

But if I can be honest with you guys for a second (and I like to think I can), I am what you might call “le tired.

My boss actually gave me and our Assistant Digital Editor (who was covering the event with me) today off. BUT GUESS WHO HAS LIKE SEVEN MEETINGS TODAY, ONE OF WHICH IS WITH TWO PEOPLE VISITING FROM CANADA THAT SHE CAN’T RESCHEDULE?

So…I’m going to work today. But I’m using my free day on Monday, goshdangit.

A three-day weekend! Such luxury. I’m already trying to plan all the things I want to do on the day off. I’m cleaning the apartment tomorrow, so I won’t have to worry about that. I’m thinking a run and maybe some crafting?? Since I’m so inspired by the crafting event I just went to?

I know, you guys. I live fast and loose. You either keep up or get left behind.

Anyway.

The event ended with a panel of bloggers who I have admired a looong time who were all giving advice on what it takes to be a successful blog. The one thing I wish they would have said is that, while great content is incredibly important, sometimes you just get lucky. You happen to know the right people and make the right connections, and you get a following. Sometimes that part does just happen. (Gosh, bitter much, Justine?)

But I’m not really bitter. My blog is not my full-time job. (At the moment…) It’s a side thing I do to keep myself writing. Heck, I don’t even think my blog knows what it is yet. Ya know, three years later.

There’s probably a metaphor about me and my life somewhere in there that I should be acknowledging, but I’m too tired to get all meta on you at the moment.

But the point is, the blog kind of inspired me to figure my blog (and, fine, me) out in the next couple of months. Is it just going to continue to be a random pseudo-diary with the occasional how-to? Should I go back to giving unsolicited advice more regularly? SHOULD I HAVE A THEME, YOU GUYS?

Two of the main themes of advice I heard over and over were:

1. Know who you are and make sure it’s something that isn’t out there already.

2. Take better pictures. Invest in a camera. WE LIVE IN A VISUAL WORLD, Y’ALL.

The second one takes fundage that I’m not ready to cough up yet. But I guess I also need to stop taking crapping pics in crappy lighting. (The trials of a working blogger…)

The first one I feel like I can actually do something about. I feel like the thing I have that isn’t out there already is, well…me. My voice. But maybe I’m just flattering myself.

I don’t know, you guys. And this is getting ramble-y, and I have to sign off and head to the train. So…help me out? What do you come to this blog for? Why? How did you find it? What do you think I should do with my life…er…blog?

This isn’t as life or death as I’m making it sound. As I said, my blog is not my main way of supporting myself, so there’s not nearly as much pressure. I’m just curious.

3 Responses to The workshop that made me question my whole blog.

  • Melanie says:

    If we’re being honest, I’d say I prefer it as a “pseudo-diary with the occasional how-to.” Maybe it’s the psychologist in me, maybe it’s just that I’m a nosy person, but I like the format. I like that you’re in a similar place in life to me and I really relate to you. Also, you’re teaching me how to decorate tiny spaces and who doesn’t love that. I say, do what you’ve been doing and maybe snag me some martha craft stuff. :)
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  • Girlfriend. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Sometimes I even wonder “Am I a BLOGGER or do I have a blog?” Big difference, I think. I agree about the lucky thing, and I’m not whining or complaining about it at all, but I have to wonder what our theme or style could be….
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  • Kayla says:

    UGH! I’ve been going through these growing pains, too. I think our magazine training is a blessing and a curse when it comes to personal blogging.

    Also, I sometimes find myself getting frustrated when non-writers become blogosphere superstars.

    But for what it’s worth, I think your blog hits more of the best practices than you’re giving yourself credit for. :)

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